MITCH CAIRNS
  • » 11/02/2017:  Coverage of Mitch Cairns' exhibition, Stray Geranium, at the end of last year in the Sydney round up by Wes Hill on Frieze.com.
  • » 02/09/2016:  On the first day of the exhibition, Painting. More Painting, Mitch Cairns is giving an artist talk at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. 3pm, Saturday 03/09/16.
  • » 04/07/2016:  Mitch Cairns and Diena Georgetti are two of fourteen focus artists whose work will be given solo presentations in the larger exhibition Painting. More Painting at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, curated by Max Delany, Annika Kristensen and Hannah Matthews. "Painting. More Painting will be the first major institutional exhibition of contemporary Australian painting in over a decade. The work of fourteen influential Australian painters will be presented in a series of solo studies offering in-depth insights into the evolution of these artists’ interests, techniques and approaches. These will be complemented by an extensive panoramic survey presented in ACCA’s main exhibition hall that brings together works by over sixty senior, mid and early-career Australian artists, offering audiences the chance to draw on the many diverse conceptual, polemic and stylistic connections that exist between generations." Painting. More Painting. will be presented in two chapters: Chapter 1: 29 July – 28 August 2016, Chapter 2:  1 – 25 September 2016. Cairns and Georgetti are both producing a series of new works that will be presented in Chapter 2 of the exhibition.
  • » 20/06/2016:  Mitch Cairns' portrait of philanthropist Reg Richardson recently acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra is currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery alongside Howard Arkley's portrait of Nick Cave and Adam Cullen's portrait of Neil Armfield. Cairns' portrait of Richardson was runner-up in the 2014 Archibald Portrait Prize. An article about the painting features in the current issue of the NPG's magazine, Portrait.
  • » 31/03/2016:  The Commercial is looking forward to exhibiting at Auckland Art Fair 25-29 May 2016. Presented will be a group exhibition of all new works by Mitch Cairns, Gunter Christmann, Diena Georgetti, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Narelle Jubelin and Clare Milledge. (Stand A5)
  • » 01/02/2016:  MItch Cairns' book, THE READER'S VOICE, that accompanies his solo exhibition of the same name at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, is being launched at The Cross Art + Books Saturday 06/02/16, 4-6pm. 33 Roslyn Street, Kings Cross. All welcome. THE READER'S VOICE is published by Gang Atelier. Collages from the book are viewable on The Commercial website and available for purchase.
  • » 31/01/2016:  Interview with Mitch Cairns as part of the Art Sets series about some of his favourite works in the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection.
  • » 12/12/2015:  It is a pleasure to announce that Mitch Cairns' work Reg Richardson AM has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.
  • » 01/10/2015:  Mitch Cairns is presenting a solo, project exhibition, The Reader's Voice, at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, curated by Linda Michael. The exhibition includes a large new group of collages, a bronze and substantial new artist book that documents the new work. "Somewhere between cartoons, writing, and concrete poetry, these collages by Mitch Cairns are inspired by all these forms, and by music.  As with his painting, he imposes limits that paradoxically allow freer expression; for example using French, a language he doesn’t speak, or letters to make images. Cairns plays with thoughts, ideas and memories with great economy and wit, using the now-defunct Letraset, and Zazzle stickers of images from a personal archive." exhibition dates: 24 October - 21 February.
  • » 27/09/2015:  Mitch Cairns is exhibiting a large group of cartoons in the exhibition DEADPAN - Five Contemporary Australian Artists and Humour, curated by Abigail Moncrieff, at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. The exhibition includes work by Mitch Cairns, Heath Franco, Ronnie van Hout, Z. O'Mahoney and Nat Thomas. Exhibition dates: 02/10/15 - 21/11/15.
  • » 16/09/2015:  It is a pleasure to announce that Mitch Cairns' work Peter Powditch has been acquired by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
  • » 25/08/2015:  The Commercial is exhibiting for the second consecutive year at the biennial Sydney Contemporary art fair, 10/09/15-13/09/15, at Carriageworks. It will present a group exhibition in the Current Contemporary section - Booth A01 - with all new works by Mitch Cairns, Diena Georgetti, Emily Hunt, Narelle Jubelin, Clare Milledge, Lillian O'Neil and Robert Pulie. In addition to the gallery's stand, Stephen Ralph has been selected for the Installation Contemporary section, curated by The Curators' Department (Glenn Barkley, Ivan Muñiz Reed and Holly Williams). A large group of Ralph's cast concrete sculptures will be exhibited. Information about fair opening hours and tickets for opening night is available on the Sydney Contemporary website.
  • » 18/07/2015:  Nice coverage of recent group exhibition, TPOLR, at The Commercial, by Patrick Hartigan in his piece in this weekend's The Saturday Paper.
  • » 17/07/2015:  Huge congratulations to Mitch Cairns for being awarded runner-up for the second consecutive year in the $ 100,000 Archibald Portrait Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for his portrait of fellow painter, Peter Powditch. The Archibald is on exhibition at the AGNSW until 27/09/15 before it goes on its regional gallery tour. Tour details on the AGNSW website.
  • » 09/07/2015:  Congratulations to Mitch Cairns for being selected as a finalist in the 2015 Archibald Prize with his portrait of painter, Peter Powditch. "I was drawn to the idea of painting Peter after attending the recent POP to Popism exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. The inclusion of Powditch’s Seascape II to my mind reaffirmed the significance of his work. In general, Peter’s work is characterised by a directness of purpose, exemplary draftsmanship and an incisive approach to painting problems. He is an unapologetic image-maker." (Cairns) The Archibald winner is announced on Friday 17/07/15 with the exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW continuing until 27/09/15.
  • » 22/06/2015:  Works by Mitch Cairns, Gunter Christmann, Emily Hunt, Clare Milledge, Michael Riley and Mary Teague are included in the group exhibition, Writing Art, curated by Scott Donovan, at Artspace, Sydney. "Writing Art illustrates how the use of text has evolved into an integral and multifaceted aspect of contemporary art. The use of text may be fundamentally material, focusing on the resonant connotations of words. It may be punning and self-referential. It may be spatial and constructive. It may draw close to poetry while maintaining a strong visual identity. It may be documentarian, or mockingly so, where text is suggested as part of a narrative, or fictional, archive. Ultimately, it is the sheer mutability of the textual within the context of the visual arts that allows it to keep speaking, amongst works and to an ever-growing audience receptive to the form." Opening Thursday 25/06/15, 6-8pm. Exhibition continues until 16/07/15.
  • » 28/03/2015:  Agatha Gothe-Snape, Mitch Cairns and Gunter Christmann have work in the exhibition 21st Century Heide: The Collection Since 2000, at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. The exhibition presents 1500 artworks acquired by the Museum since the turn of the century. Exhibition dates: 28/03/15 - 14/07/15.
  • » 09/03/2015:  Mitch Cairns is contributing to a discussion panel on the centrality of painting as part of the Art Month Sydney program. Wednesday 11/03/15, 6.30pm at King Street Gallery on William.
  • » 03/03/2015:  Mitch Cairns is exhibiting in a group exhibition, Outside Thoughts, curated by Wes Hill at Contemporary Art Tasmania in Hobart (formally known as CAST). The exhibition includes work by Mitch Cairns, Emily Floyd, Danie Mellor and Darren Sylvester and is part of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival. Exhibition dates are 18/03/15 - 19/04/15.
  • » 23/02/2015:  Mitch Cairns will be giving an artist talk about his solo exhibition, FINCHES, Saturday 07/03/15, 4pm. This is an Art Month event.
  • » 16/02/2015:  Matthew Holt's excellent text, 'Midnight All Day: Notes on Mitch Cairns' New Work', commissioned to accompany the current exhibition, is available as a pdf on The Commercial website.
  • » 13/02/2015:  Mitch Cairns' solo exhibition, FINCHES, previewed by Sharne Wolff on The Art Life.
  • » 30/09/2014:  The Commercial is presenting a two-week exhibition of Mitch Cairns' cartoons to frame the launch of his new book. Dip or Skinny Dip is a compilation of cartoons by Cairns with an accompanying text intervention by Brian Fuata. It is presented as a limited edition, bespoke publication and is the first publishing project by Gang Atelier. Dip or Skinny Dip will be launched at The Commercial by Erik Jensen on Sunday 12/10/14, 4-6pm.
  • » 08/09/2014:  Mitch Cairns is exhibiting in a group exhibition, No fond return of love, at the artist-run-initiative, the Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown. The exhibition includes work by Angela Brennan, Mitch Cairns, Charles Dennington and Liang Luscombe. Opening Thursday 11/09/14, 6-8pm. Exhibition: 11/09/14 - 28/09/14.
  • » 05/08/2014:  Mitch Cairns has been shortlisted for the 2014 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize. The recipient of the acquisitive award will be announced on the evening of Friday 29 August and the exhibition of shortlisted works will be on display at Geelong Gallery from 30/08/14 -23/11/14. The guest judge for this year's prize is Charlotte Day, Director, Monash University Museum of Art.
  • » 18/07/2014:  Mitch Cairns has been named runner-up in this year's Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for his portrait of philanthropist Reg Richardson AM. The exhibition opens to the public tomorrow 19/07/14 and runs until 28/09/14. The Archibald then tours regionally at the following venues: 4 October 2014 – 16 November 2014: Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; 22 November 2014 – 4 January 2014: Gosford Regional Gallery; 16 January 2015 – 22 February 2015: Maitland Regional Art Gallery; 28 February 2015 – 12 April 2015: Lismore Regional Gallery; 18 April 2015 – 31 May 2015: Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery; 5 June 2015 – 19 July 2015: Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery; 24 July 2015 – 6 September 2015: Griffith Regional Art Gallery.  
  • » 10/07/2014:  Mitch Cairns is a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales with his portrait of philanthropist Reg Richardson AM. The winner of the Archibald is announced at noon on Friday 18/07/14, Sydney time. Cairns was a finalist in the 2013 Archibald (with a self-portrait) and a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2013 (with a portrait of Agatha Gothe-Snape) and 2010 (with a portrait of Brian Fuata).
  • » 20/06/2014:  The Commercial is excited in anticipation of its first presentation at Melbourne Art Fair in the Royal Exhibition Building from 13/08/14 - 17/08/14. Presented by the Melbourne Art Foundation, a not for profit organisation, Melbourne Art Fair is one of Australasia’s longest running contemporary art events. For 25 years the Fair has stimulated critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists directly contributing to the livelihood of living artists. The Commercial will present a group exhibition in the MAF Galleries sector. Collector's passes and tickets to the opening night Vernissage on Wednesday 13 August, 6-10pm are available on the Melbourne Art Fair website.
  • » 25/02/2014:  As part of the series of talks around the group exhibition OUI we, Mitch Cairns and Robert Pulie will be in conversation on the last day of the exhibition, speaking about their own works and each other's. 4pm Saturday 08/03/14.
  • » 22/01/2014:  A short review of Mitch Cairns' solo exhibition at the artist-run-initiative TCB art inc., Melbourne, appears in today's The Age.
  • » 20/01/2014:  It is with great pleasure that The Commercial announces that it is representing Mitch Cairns. Cairns (b. 1984) is a Sydney-based painter who was represented by BREENSPACE, Sydney, from 2008 until its recent closure. The Commercial would like to acknowledge the good care, effort and insight that BREENSPACE invested in Mitch’s early career. Forthcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition at TCB inc., Melbourne and a Drawing Wall commission at Shepparton Art Museum, curated by Elise Routledge. His first solo exhibition at The Commercial will be in early 2015.
  • » 16/01/2014:  Mitch Cairns has been invited to do a Drawing Wall project at Shepparton Art Museum. Curated by Elise Routledge, the Drawing Wall is an ongoing series of temporary, commissioned, site-specific works for the foyer space of the Eastbank Centre, directly outside SAM. Four artists are commissioned each year. Artists commissioned for Drawing Wall projects to date have included: Raquel Ormella, Anna Kristensen, Richard Lewer, Viv Miller, Caroline Rothwell, Justin Andrews and Agatha Gothe-Snape. Mitch Cairns, Drawing Wall #14 07/02/14 - 27/04/14.
  • » 12/01/2014:  Mitch Cairns has a solo exhibition, Cigarette cm, at TCB art inc., Melbourne.  "The Cigarette cm is a somewhat obsolete and inaccurate unit of measurement useful for quantifying both time and space in a variety of ways." (MC and AGS) Exhibition dates 22/01/14 - 08/02/14.